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The Story Behind the Cessna 172 that Flew from California to HawaiiPilots know that a long cross-country solo flight is a requirement for obtaining a coveted FAA pilot’s certificate. But, with a recent delivery flight of a Cessna 172 Skyhawk nonstop from California to Hawaii, the term “long cross country” has new meaning. This one was “mammoth.” (www.msn.com) More...
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Not surprisingly, to some, not that uncommon actually.
I've been an Avgeek for a long time and had never heard of this, but after reading the article, it makes total sense.
From first hand knowledge of this being done the article written was very poor. Things have changed somewhat from the late 60x to now but most of that is with navigation. The rest is much the same, install custom made tanks in the AC used. Fuel and oil pumps plumbed in as needed, radios also. Thats kind of basic stuff and is usually installed by the pilot doing it. What I saw the ferry pilot did all of his own work no one else touched the AC after he started on it. His life was in his and no one elses. Every morning well before I was at work he ran quite a distance and did other things keeping him in top shape. Took every inspection panel off along with the cowl. We also boxed up a few Cessnas for cargo shipment too.
More Common than most people think... I think the worst part of it is being in that seat so long... Look at the video of him getting out of the Cockpit! 18 hours in a 172 and many here complain about sitting 1 or 2 hours in a CRJ200... In a CRJ200 at least you can get up and move around and have a LAV to go to if needed!
...heck, harness in and stand on the wheel shroud every couple of hours...but seriously? I can't even imagine!...
OMG I thought I was the only one who had done that.
Oops.. I thought the Video was posted... Here is the Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4WPjwCxJvM